Corus 03: Leko, Ponomariov, Grischuk win

1/17/2005 – Once again there was blood on the sand in Wijk aan Zee, with a second victory in succession for Peter Leko (against Peter Svidler), and wins for Alexander Grischuk against Alexander Morozevich and Ruslan Ponomariov against Ivan Sokolov (both with black). We bring you an updated illustrated report.

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Corus Chess Tournament
Wijk aan Zee 14 – 30 January 2005

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The event is being held from January 14 to 30 (first and last rounds) at the De Moriaan Community Centre in Wijk aan Zee, Holland. There are three main tournaments, all 14-player round robins, starting at 13.30 Central European Time. The rest days are on Jan. 19, 24 and 27. The rate of play is 40/2, 20/1 and 30 minutes to finish the game (group C 40/2 plus 1 hour for the rest). The games can be watched on the official live coverage site or watched and discussed with other chess fans on the Playchess.com server.

Round three


Peter Leko (picture right) appears to be on the rampage. After beating top seed Vishy Anand with the black pieces in round two, the classical chess world championship challenger took on Peter Svidler with a novelty on move 17 (Rg4) in their round three Najdorf game. On move 21 he lodged a knight on c6, and Svidler had to sacrifice an exchange to get rid of this thorn in the black position. The St Petersburg GM never recovered from this and although he fought back valliantly he had to resign on move 57. Peter Leko is slowing groing into the favourite in this Wijk aan Zee tournament.

Ruslan Ponomariov (above), former FIDE world champion from Ukraine, faced a novelty by Ivan Sokolov on move 13, but calmly refute the idea of his Dutch opponent, who quickly found himself a pawn down and sliding towards disaster. Sokolov fought on for 61 moves, but in the end he was forced to capitulate in the endgame rook vs two minor pieces.
In the Alex vs Alex game – Sasha vs Sasha in Russian – Alexander Morozevich (right) played a rare move in the Sicilian Morra, 5.c3, and had his opponent thinking. In fact Alexander Grischuk spent such a lot of time on his opening plans that people on the Playchess.com server decided there was a transmission problem in Wijk. But the younger Alex was working out a winning strategy and left the out-of-form Morozevich without a chance. The win was never really in doubt and came after 42 moves.
Nigel Short (above) faced a determined Vishy Anand's Caro Kann Advanced Variation, which got the world's number two a slightly passive position, but never allowed any real danger to develop. The game was drawn in 23 moves.

The encounter between top Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon and Britain's Michael Adams (above left and right) was a highly dramatic affair in a closed Ruy Lopez, with moves like exf8=Q+ keeping the public on their toes. But it ended peacefully after 30 moves.

Another drawn game was Judit Polgar against Vladimir Kramnik (above), which started off with 21 moves of theory and a novelty by the Hungarian player (22.Nxe7). Judit had an optically active position, but Garry Kasparov, watching the game on Playchess.com, told the audience that Black was better, predicting most of the moves that then appeared on the board.

Kramnik took the initiative and, possibly remembering his first world championship game against Peter Leko in Brissago, traded down to an ending of two rooks and a pawn vs queen and pawn for the opponent. After that he spent 23 moves trying to win, but the Brissago outcome did not materialise against the resiliant Judit Polgar. On move 59 Judit sacrificed her last pawn for a perpetual (replay game below).

Round three – Mon. 17.01.2005
Nigel Short
½-½ Viswanathan Anand B12 Caro Kann
Alexander Morozevich
0-1 Alexander Grischuk B21 Sicilian Morra Gambit
Lazaro Bruzon
½-½ Michael Adams C91 Ruy Lopez
Veselin Topalov
½-½ Loek van Wely B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Judit Polgar
½-½ Vladimir Kramnik B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Ivan Sokolov
0-1 Ruslan Ponomariov E32 Nimzo Indian
Peter Leko
1-0 Peter Svidler B90 Sicilian Najdorf

Standings


Groups B and C

Women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanova defeated Sipke Ernst with a cross-fire of tactics.

Ernst,S (2509) - Stefanova,A (2491) [D15]

25...g5 26.Bf5 d4+ 27.Ke2 Re7 28.Qc4 Rxf5 29.Qxd4+ Qb6 30.Kf1 Bc5 31.Qe4 Qb5+ 32.Kg1 Rexe5 33.fxe5 Rxf2 0-1

Magnus Carlsen (above) the 14-year-old GM from Norway, faced his sometimes trainer Peter Heine Nielsen, 32 years old, 2648 Elo strong and physically maybe three time Magnus' size. And Magnus had the black pieces. The two got into a very exciting tactical battle, with Black two pawns up, but after 30 moves the game ended in a draw by repetition.


Nielsen and Carlsen analyse their fire-on-the-board game

Group B Round three – Mon. 17.01.2005
Jan Smeets
½-½ Daniel Stellwagen
Friso Nijboer
0-1 Predrag Nikolic
Alejandro Ramirez
½-½ Ivan Cheparinov
Alexandra Kosteniuk
0-1 S. Mamedyarov
Peter .H. Nielsen
½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Sergey Karjakin
½-½ Alexander Onischuk
Sipke Ernst
0-1 Antoaneta Stefanova
Group C Round three – Mon. 17.01.2005
Joost Wempe 1-0 Leon Pliester
Harmen Jonkman 0-1 Wouter Spoelman
Natalia Zhukova 0-1 Alexey Korotylev
Vladimir Georgiev 1-0 Zeinab Mamedjarova
Evgeny Alekseev 1-0 Bianca Muhren
Tea Lanchava 1-0 Manuel Bosboom
Erwin L’Ami 1-0 Parimarjan Negi

All results and schedule

Round one – Sat. 15.01.2005
Alexander Grischuk
½-½ Viswanathan Anand
Nigel Short
½-½ Michael Adams
Alexander Morozevich
½-½ Loek van Wely
Lazaro Bruzon
½-½ Vladimir Kramnik
Veselin Topalov
1-0 Ruslan Ponomariov
Judit Polgar
1-0 Peter Svidler
Ivan Sokolov
½-½ Peter Leko
Games
Report
Round two – Sun. 16.01.2005
Viswanathan Anand
0-1 Peter Leko
Peter Svidler
½-½ Ivan Sokolov
Ruslan Ponomariov
1-0 Judit Polgar
Vladimir Kramnik
0-1 Veselin Topalov
Loek van Wely
½-½ Lazaro Bruzon
Michael Adams
1-0 Alexander Morozevich
Alexander Grischuk
½-½ Nigel Short
Games
Report
Round three – Mon. 17.01.2005
Nigel Short
½-½ Viswanathan Anand
Alexander Morozevich
0-1 Alexander Grischuk
Lazaro Bruzon
½-½ Michael Adams
Veselin Topalov
½-½ Loek van Wely
Judit Polgar
½-½ Vladimir Kramnik
Ivan Sokolov
0-1 Ruslan Ponomariov
Peter Leko
1-0 Peter Svidler
Games
Report
Round four – Tues. 18.01.2005
Viswanathan Anand
Peter Svidler
Ruslan Ponomariov
Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik
Ivan Sokolov
Loek van Wely
Judit Polgar
Michael Adams
Veselin Topalov
Alexander Grischuk
Lazaro Bruzon
Nigel Short
Alexander Morozevich
Games
Report
Round five – Thurs. 20.01.2005
Alexander Morozevich
Viswanathan Anand
Lazaro Bruzon
Nigel Short
Veselin Topalov
Alexander Grischuk
Judit Polgar
Michael Adams
Ivan Sokolov
Loek van Wely
Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Svidler
Ruslan Ponomariov
Games
Report
Round six – Fri. 21.01.2005
Viswanathan Anand
Ruslan Ponomariov
Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Svidler
Loek van Wely
Peter Leko
Michael Adams
Ivan Sokolov
Alexander Grischuk
Judit Polgar
Nigel Short
Veselin Topalov
Alexander Morozevich
Lazaro Bruzon
Games
Report
Round seven – Sat. 22.01.2005
Lazaro Bruzon
Viswanathan Anand
Veselin Topalov
Alexander Morozevich
Judit Polgar
Nigel Short
Ivan Sokolov
Alexander Grischuk
Peter Leko
Michael Adams
Peter Svidler
Loek van Wely
Ruslan Ponomariov
Vladimir Kramnik
Games
Report
Round eight – Sun. 23.01.2005
Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik
Loek van Wely
Ruslan Ponomariov
Michael Adams
Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk
Peter Leko
Nigel Short
Ivan Sokolov
Alexander Morozevich
Judit Polgar
Lazaro Bruzon
Veselin Topalov
Games
Report
Round nine – Tues. 25.01.2005
Veselin Topalov
Viswanathan Anand
Judit Polgar
Lazaro Bruzon
Ivan Sokolov
Alexander Morozevich
Peter Leko
Nigel Short
Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk
Ruslan Ponomariov
Michael Adams
Vladimir Kramnik
Loek van Wely
Games
Report
Round ten – Wed 26.01.2005
Viswanathan Anand
Loek van Wely
Michael Adams
Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk
Ruslan Ponomariov
Nigel Short
Peter Svidler
Alexander Morozevich
Peter Leko
Lazaro Bruzon
Ivan Sokolov
Veselin Topalov
Judit Polgar
Games
Report
Round eleven – Fri. 28.01.2005
Judit Polgar
Viswanathan Anand
Ivan Sokolov
Veselin Topalov
Peter Leko
Lazaro Bruzon
Peter Svidler
Alexander Morozevich
Ruslan Ponomariov
Nigel Short
Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk
Loek van Wely
Michael Adams
Games
Report
Round twelve – Sat. 29.01.2005
Viswanathan Anand
Michael Adams
Alexander Grischuk
Loek van Wely
Nigel Short
Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Morozevich
Ruslan Ponomariov
Lazaro Bruzon
Peter Svidler
Veselin Topalov
Peter Leko
Judit Polgar
Ivan Sokolov
Games
Report
Round thirteen – Sun. 30.01.2005
Ivan Sokolov
Viswanathan Anand
Peter Leko
Judit Polgar
Peter Svidler
Veselin Topalov
Ruslan Ponomariov
Lazaro Bruzon
Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Morozevich
Loek van Wely
Nigel Short
Michael Adams
Alexander Grischuk
Games
Report

Groups B + C

Group B Round one – Sat. 15.01.2005
Predrag Nikolic
0-1 Daniel Stellwagen
Jan Smeets
½-½ Ivan Cheparinov
Friso Nijboer
0-1 S. Mamedyarov
Alejandro Ramirez
½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Alexandra Kosteniuk
1-0 Alexander Onischuk
Peter .H. Nielsen
½-½ Antoaneta Stefanova
Sergey Karjakin
1-0 Sipke Ernst
Group C Round one – Sat. 15.01.2005
Wouter Spoelman
½-½ Leon Pliester
Joost Wempe
0-1 Alexey Korotylev
Harmen Jonkman
½-½ Zeinab Mamedjarova
Natalia Zhukova
1-0 Bianca Muhren
Vladimir Georgiev
1-0 Manuel Bosboom
Evgeny Alekseev
1-0 Parimarjan Negi
Tea Lanchava
0-1 Erwin L’Ami
Group B Round two – Sun. 16.01.2005
Ivan Cheparinov
1-0 Friso Nijboer
Alexander Onischuk
½-½ Peter .H. Nielsen
Magnus Carlsen
1-0 Alexandra Kosteniuk
Antoaneta Stefanova
½-½ Sergey Karjakin
Daniel Stellwagen
1-0 Sipke Ernst
S. Mamedyarov
1-0 Alejandro Ramirez
Predrag Nikolic
½-½ Jan Smeets
Group C Round two – Sun. 16.01.2005
Parimarjan Negi
1-0 Tea Lanchava
Alexey Korotylev
½-½ Harmen Jonkman
Wouter Spoelman
1-0 Joost Wempe
Zeinab Mamedjarova
0-1 Natalia Zhukova
Bianca Muhren
½-½ Vladimir Georgiev
Manuel Bosboom
½-½ Evgeny Alekseev
Leon Pliester
½-½ Erwin L’Ami
Group B Round three – Mon. 17.01.2005
Jan Smeets
½-½ Daniel Stellwagen
Friso Nijboer
0-1 Predrag Nikolic
Alejandro Ramirez
½-½ Ivan Cheparinov
Alexandra Kosteniuk
0-1 S. Mamedyarov
Peter .H. Nielsen
½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Sergey Karjakin
½-½ Alexander Onischuk
Sipke Ernst
0-1 Antoaneta Stefanova
Group C Round three – Mon. 17.01.2005
Joost Wempe 1-0 Leon Pliester
Harmen Jonkman 0-1 Wouter Spoelman
Natalia Zhukova 0-1 Alexey Korotylev
Vladimir Georgiev 1-0 Zeinab Mamedjarova
Evgeny Alekseev 1-0 Bianca Muhren
Tea Lanchava 1-0 Manuel Bosboom
Erwin L’Ami 1-0 Parimarjan Negi
Group B Round four – Tues. 18.01.2005
Daniel Stellwagen Antoaneta Stefanova
Alexander Onischuk Sipke Ernst
Magnus Carlsen Sergey Karjakin
S. Mamedyarov Peter .H. Nielsen
Ivan Cheparinov Alexandra Kosteniuk
Predrag Nikolic Alejandro Ramirez
Jan Smeets Friso Nijboer
Group C Round four – Tues. 18.01.2005
Leon Pliester Parimarjan Negi
Manuel Bosboom Erwin L’Ami
Bianca Muhren Tea Lanchava
Zeinab Mamedjarova Evgeny Alekseev
Alexey Korotylev Vladimir Georgiev
Wouter Spoelman Natalia Zhukova
Joost Wempe Harmen Jonkman

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